Borders! What are really borders? Transcultural dialogue has always been a ‘bridge’ to reach the other; whereas the ‘other’ has always been a riddle in my writings.

I am a PhD student at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (my profile as a doctoral researcher: Nelk/Nuha Askar) and a writer of several literary texts, some of which were published in German newspapers and online magazines.

One of the most significant stations in my journey of ‘writing’ is when I was awarded the Nesteby Prize for excellence in the study of American literature. I was a 3rd-year student and was cordially welcomed and celebrated by the American Ambassador in Syria at that time, Ryan C. Crocker.

In June 2015, in a text, which was nominated as one of the top-ten best entries in Worldmerit.org competition, I addressed President Obama: “Dear Mr. Obama, while your country is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech ‘ I have a dream’, my country –Syria is living a very bad dream! What makes Dr. King so impressive is not that he fought for Americans alone, but that he struggled for the whole world. The ‘dream’ is the ‘vision’ of equality between races, ethnicities, colours. We Syrians have such eagerness to ‘dream’…..” This encouraged me to write Crossing the Borders

Here, I share my thoughts on “refugee crisis”, “new migrants”, “integration” among others and my doubts and apprehensions hoping to receive your opinions and critical views.

Best Regards,

Nuha Askar